Atletico Madrid vs. Valencia Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Reigning champions Atletico Madrid host Valencia in their first La Liga game since their 2-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final. Diego Simeone’s men can’t afford any more slip ups in the race for top four, after losing four of their last six games, while the visitors are looking for their first win in 2022.

Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano – 22 January, kick-off 20:00

Where you can see Atletico Madrid vs. Valencia: Premier Sports

Last time: Hugo Duro’s sensational last-minute brace earned Valencia a 3-3 draw at Mestalla back in November, as Atletico Madrid took a 3-1 lead, thanks to goals from Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Sime Vrsaljko, with Stefan Savic also scoring an own goal.

Atletico Madrid v Valencia and Preview

Atletico Madrid stared 2022 in a perfect fashion with two convincing victories – 2-0 against Rayo Vallecano and 5-0 against third-tier Rayo Majadahonda for the Copa del Rey. However, Diego Simeone’s men followed those with two unsatisfying results, as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Villarreal before they were beaten 2-1 by Athletic Bilbao in the first semi-final Athletic Bilbao.

The game took place last week in Saudi Arabia and Atletico will be forced to travel once again before facing Valencia at Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening. Simeone’s men travel to Anoeta to face Real Sociedad in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday evening, so the tactician must be smart with his rotations in order to bounce back during this busy cycle.

However, Atleti will have to do so without the injured Antoine Griezmann, Marcos Llorente, Stefan Savic and Geoffrey Kondogbia and this limits Simeone’s options significantly. Angel Correa and Luis Suarez are expected to get the nod in attack against Valencia during the weekend, while Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Thomas Lemar and Yannick Carasco should start in midfield.

Valencia, meanwhile, will have to do without their injured Carlos Soler and Thierry Correia, while Maxi Gomez, Helder Costa and Danieo Wass are with Covid.

Jose Bordalas' men are dropped to 10th place in the table after losing their last two games, as his side was beaten 2-1 by Espanyol at Mestalla, while Real Madrid trashed them 4-1 at Santiago Bernabeu after the Holidays. The Bats are now trailing by five points behind their next opponet, as Atletico are currently fourth with 33 points.

Despite that the hosts travelled a lot in the last week, they are heavy 4/9 favourites in these Atletico Madrid vs. Valencia predictions. The first game between those teams ended in a draw and a repeat of that score this time is available at 3/1, while the visitors are 15/2 to get the three points this weekend.

One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez's seven La Liga strikes mean the Uruguayan is the joint-top scorer for his side this term. The ex- Barcelona forward scored only once in his last 13 games in all competitions, so he'll be eager to get back on the scoresheet, so watch out for him to break the deadlock against Valencia at 10/3.

One to watch for Valencia: Goncalo Guedes has four goals in his last four La Liga outings, as the Portuguese took his overall season tally to seven goals, making him his side's joint-top scorer alongside Carlos Soler. Guedes scored the only goal in the 4-1 defeat against Real Madrid last time and is 12/1 to score first in this Atletico Madrid vs. Valencia preview.

Long shot: Valencia's last trip to Atletico Madrid ended in а 3-1 victory for Diego Simeone's men. A repeat of that score on Saturday evening is available at 12/1, with the odds rise to 168/1 if you add Goncalo Guedes as first scorer.

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